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Get a lawyer to represent you

If you want a lawyer to represent you, you will need to apply for legal aid. Before you apply, we recommend getting legal advice.

To get a grant of legal aid, you must:

  • be financially eligible under our means test
  • have a legal problem which meets our guidelines, which are based on the priorities set for us by government
  • meet our merits test

You can apply for a grant of aid through a private lawyer who does legal aid work  or directly to Legal Aid Queensland.

How to get an application form:

You can use the client authority form(PDF, 147KB) to authorise another person to communicate with us about your application.

You can also contact a private lawyer who does legal aid work and ask them to help you complete an application.

Download an electronic Legal Aid application form

We recommend using a computer (desktop or laptop) to complete this form.

  • Save the form to your computer before starting to fill it out for the most reliable experience.
  •  Make sure your device has Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader/Acrobat DC installed. This can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Adobe website. You may be unable to complete this form without this software.
  •  You will need to attach supporting documents when emailing your completed application form. Please read the checklist on the first page of the application form for details. 
  •  Download the Legal Aid application form(PDF, 513KB)

Read our information privacy and conflict of interest statement for what we do with your confidential information.

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Last updated 3 August 2022

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